Porsche Needs To Build A Modern 959

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Porsche only decides to build a supercar above its flagship 911 once every decade or so. Most recently, the Carrera GT and 918 Spyder competed against Ferrari and McLaren, but back in the 1980s, Porsche built a different sort of supercar. The Porsche 959 initially satisfied Group B Rally homologation rules, which stipulated that a small number of road-going versions be sold to consumers.

A new company called Marc Phillipp Gemballa GmbH will soon bring back the 959 as a reworked version of the new 992-generation 911. Instagram rendering artist Future Cars Now imagined what a modern 959 could look like based on the2021 Porsche 911 Turbo.

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The 959 was among the quickest cars in the world back in the '80s, with a 2.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six producing 444 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque going out through a futuristic torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. Today's 911 Turbo puts the 959 to shame with 572 hp coming from a 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six. In the Turbo S, this motor produces a whopping 640 hp, good for a 0-60 mph sprint of just 2.6 seconds.

To create this modern interpretation of the 959, Future Cars Now added a body kit reminiscent of the original car. The 911 Turbo already features air intakes behind the doors, but this rendering adds additional vents in front and behind the wheels, just like the 959.

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The rendering only shows the front end of the car, but at the back, a 959-style spoiler is clearly visible and looks right at home on the modern 911's body. Gemballa only plans to build 40 examples of the new 959, each with a custom carbon-fiber body. Power from the stock 911 Turbo S should be sufficient, but since the 959 greatly outperformed the 911 of its era, we'd expect this modern example to produce well above 640 hp.

It won't feature a hybrid powertrain like the 918 Spyder, though, but considering the 911 GT2 RS already produces 700 hp, we wouldn't be surprised to see Gemballa dialing things up past 800 hp. For reference, a 918 generates a combined 874 hp.

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